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An exotic and sultry black parrot tulip. It is one of the most glamorous flowers you can grow and a reliable perennial from year to year.

Our tulip bulbs are the best and biggest we can find, from tried and trusted growers. Don't forget that tulips like to be planted late in October and November with the colder weather, and need a little watering if planted in pots.

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Genus Tulipa
Group/Species Parrot

Cultivar with unusual fringed, curled and twisted petals. Mainly late-flowering. Stems of variable length with large flowers which can be bi-coloured. Click here for more information about tulip groups.

Variety Black Parrot
Type Perennial
Common Name Tulip
Border Position Container Garden
Bulb Size 12/+

For more info on bulb sizes, click here.

Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing Plant pointy end up 10-15cm (4-6in) deep, 8cm (3in) apart. Layer bulbs to a depth of 25-30cm (10-12in) if room is tight. Remember to add plenty of grit if your soil is heavy. For containers, space bulbs 1-2cm (½-1in) apart if planting in a single layer, give them more room, 2-3cm (1-1½in) if planting in a bulb lasagne.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant outdoors October - December.
Care Tips Don’t plant tulips until mid-late October. Plant pointy end up 10-15cm deep, 8cm apart in borders (less in containers). You can use a mycorrhizal Bulb Starter. After flowering leave the foliage to die back naturally if you want to reuse the bulbs.
Flowering Late April - May
Vase Life Tulips make supreme cut flowers. Strip the bottom leaves, tie the stems in paper to hold the stems ram-rod straight and leave to drink for at least 3 hours – or overnight. This helps keep the stems straight, but tulips do continue to grow after picking so curves may appear.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
Advice & Videos
Tulips of the Troughs

This autumn, I’ve been gifted three old cattle troughs from my friend Julian’s farm.

Protecting tulips from pests

Protect your tulips this spring from their main pests. This short guide shows you how to avoid tulip fire and squirrels.

Sarah's favourite tulip groups

Sarah talks about her favourite types of tulip groups.

Gardening at home with Sarah | May Tulips

Sarah shares her favourite tulips for companion planting, growing in shade and pots.

Gardening at home with Sarah | The best tulips at Perch Hill

In our latest video, Sarah shares her favourite tulips for picking, pots, borders and grass.

Gardening at home with Sarah | Tulips at Perch Hill

Watch as Sarah discusses her favourite varieties currently growing in the gardens at Perch Hill.

Planting numbers for bulbs in borders

A handy guide for how many alliums, narcissi, tulips, snowdrops and other bulbs to plant in your plot.

How to plant and grow tulips

Find out the best way to plant your tulip bulbs for a great display next spring.

How to plant tulips using a traditional bulb planter

On a particularly blustery autumn day in October, Sarah shows you how to plant tulips with a bulb planter.

How to grow tulips in container pots

Sarah shows you a few different ideas and techniques for planting tulips in container pots, for beautiful spring displays in your garden.

Understanding the 15 different tulip groups

The full list of the different tulip groups, with a little specification, as well as an example. We hope from this you can learn a bit more to help...

A guide through the tulip trial beds at Perch Hill

Sarah guides you through the new tulip varieties she is trialling from her most recent trip to the Netherlands (Hortus Bulborum, Keukenhof). She...

Sarah's blog: The Tulip Garden

We had our first light frost this morning, which has made me start thinking about planting tulips...


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Tulip 'Black Parrot' reviews

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Reviewed 18th December 2020 by Caroline

See above - very disappointed

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Jan

One absolutely beautiful flower, but the others were weak & weedy.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Alice

Excellent quality of all tulips, see below but they were not quite the colour that I thought they would be and they got rather lost amongst the wallflowers. The wallflowers were probably the best that I have ever had and I am hopeful for this year

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Emily

Beautiful product. Hope it returns with as much vigour next year.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Kathryn

They were spectacular . I love the quality of plant from Sarah raven and best of all I love the emails saying ‘ what to do in the garden this week’ I’ve learnt so much.

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Reviewed 10th July 2019 by Hello Kate

same as above, stunted growth or blind

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Reviewed 29th June 2019 by Vanessa

Dreadful. Tried them both in pots and the garden. They failed dismally on both counts. Never came to anything, just a few leaves.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Edward

Service was superb with advice about items .
Second year of purchase ,stunning show once again.
Seeds purchased cropped well.
I particularly like the monthly garden advice.
Will try greater variety of seeds and plug plants next year.

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Nena

So gorgeous! We are very happy!

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by R McTurk

Received 2 packets of hyacinths instead of tulips!

Very disappointing

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Reviewed 27th June 2018 by CHARLOTTE WILLMOTT

All my other Sarah Raven tulips were excellent, but of these only 2 flowered, 2 were blind & 2 others stunted.


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Reviewed 11th June 2018 by CHARLOTTE WILLMOTT

All my other Sarah Raven tulips ordered and planted at the same time were perfect, but of these only 2 came out, 2 were stunted and 2 were blind.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for taking time to review our site. We are very sorry to hear that your Tulip 'Black Parrot' failed to grow satisfactorily. If we can help you in any way please do contact our customer service team at info@sarahraven.com or by calling 0345 092 0283 and our team will assist you further.
Kind Regards, The Sarah Raven Team


Posted 6th July 2018


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Reviewed 18th May 2015 by Mary MacEwan

Stunning tulip; ages into to coppery chestnut colour. Beautiful.